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Narrow-Moat General Mills Is Making Progress on Its ESG Initiatives; Shares Fairly Valued

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| Rebecca Scheuneman, CFA |

At its second annual investor meeting focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, narrow-moat General Mills discussed its progress toward its ESG goals, which are focused on four issues imperative to its business: regenerating the planet, protecting its people, strengthening the communities in which it operates, and improving food security. While these initiatives should undoubtedly benefit society, as investors, we must address how they should impact valuation. Despite the required costs, we view these efforts as crucial for the long-term health of the business and a prudent use of company resources. General Mills relies heavily on agricultural commodities, and its investments in regenerative agriculture (which improves soil health, reduces erosion, and slows global warming) should help ensure it has access to affordable ingredients for years to come. Further, many of its initiatives should result in cost savings, such as optimizing logistics, reducing packaging, switching to renewable energy, and moving to zero waste. We expect other required investments to be offset with savings identified via its holistic margin management program and strategic revenue management.

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General Mills is a leading global packaged food company that produces snacks, cereal, convenient meals, yogurt, dough, baking mixes and ingredients, pet food, and superpremium ice cream. Its largest brands are Nature Valley, Cheerios, Old El Paso, Yoplait, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, BLUE, and Haagen-Dazs. In fiscal 2021, 75% of its revenue was derived from the United States, although the company also operates in Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Latin America. While most of General Mills' products are sold through retail stores to consumers, the company also sells products into the food-service channel and the commercial baking industry.

Number One General Mills Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN, 55426
T +1 763 764-7600
Sector Consumer Defensive
Industry Packaged Foods
Most Recent Earnings Feb 28, 2022
Fiscal Year End May 29, 2022
Stock Type Classic Growth
Employees 35,000

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